Pulling into gear Network Re-design week notes 15/11

Background

This week I would like to provide any new readers a general overview of what ‘Network Redesign’ is all about. The purpose of this project is to enhance and future proof of the council’s current network infrastructure design. The architectural redesign of the current council network and upgrading of associated hardware will make this possible. The new design will be the launchpad for the council’s new ‘Web First’ strategy which will enable users to access the council’s services from any of our offices without being bound to a local server instead users will access our services directly through the cloud.

Objectives

Pulling into gear would be one way I would describe this week. The learnings we come away with during the test lab sessions have now finally come into fruition in the form of a review document. This document highlights our recommendations not only from a pros and cons perspective but also from the thinking and rationale behind our decision-making.

Network Redesign pulling into gear

The finding of the port density audit has actually evolved. Originally we created a document, which was designed to show the number of ports, which existed in the Council’s hub sites. This then was distilled to provide a deeper understanding as to which sites we could then afford to lose phone ports as a result of under usage.

We have peeled back another layer in our insight to reveal the sites, which only require 8 port switches as opposed to the current spec of 48 port switches. This reduction from 48 to 8 port will have a significant impact on the overall sum total cost for the purchasing of hardware. All findings are showing scope for a potential win in cost reduction so the team feels it is important we exhaust this possibility.

Wayleaves contracts have finally been approved! Once again a big thank you @peter.burt for all of the efforts he and his team have shown in helping to get this approval over the line. For those readers who are not clear on what exactly the Wayleave contract is and it’s important for network cabling installation, you can read more about it here.  

What we have found challenging

We are now getting closer to what we see as crunch time and the most challenging thing we are finding is having resources available. We are quite a small team so being one man down has a huge impact on this project. With the current phase we are in, we really need all hands on deck to push through and get the procurement phase dusted before Christmas. If I had one cry for help it would be to relieve our engineers where possible from support duties for at least one Sprint.  

Next steps

– Arrange cable installations now we have Wayleaves approval

– The finish of remaining bits of port density recommendations

– Get the choice of vendors confirmed

– Order hardware

DXW Cyber Security First project

Background

Security is everyone’s responsibility this is why we must embed good security practices in everything that we do, not as a ‘bolt-on’, but as part of good engineering practice. The ICT  security team is working in conjunction with DXW Cyber to deliver a security piece that will amongst other things help to evangelise this practice of ‘security first’ throughout the ICT teams as a way of working.

Objective

We have had a ‘Discovery Phase’ which was useful and insightful. Having reviewed the findings of this phase the team has decided to have a re-hash. This means an opportunity for the team and DXW Cyber to basecamp our thinking on how we can best roll out our strategy.

Next steps

– Roundtable discussion with the DXW Cyber team to sync up our thinking on the best way forward

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